Do you want something great out of life? I DARE you to step up to the plate and get it! Believe me there is nothing worthwhile that will not require discipline, taking action, being responsible and being very conscious of how you spend your energy. I want to share with you today four individuals who could have let their circumstances stop them from achieving success. The awesome thing about these individuals is that they didn’t find any excuses on why they weren’t good enough to be an inspiration to thousands of people throughout the world.
On this journey of becoming better, you have to understand that you have to take full responsibility for what you do and say. It is now your responsibility to not make any more excuses. Excuses are the cause of blighted futures.
We all may have heard of Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King and the list goes on. I want to share with you some other individuals who you may think have all rights to find excuses in life. I want to share with you a very inspirational story of a young man by the name of Sean Forbes. I read about him back in 2010 while I was at work, and the minute I saw the heading I said to myself that this was going to be a good one. It was titled “Deaf Rapper Sean Forbes Signs Record Deal with Label that Helped Launch Eminem”. The first thing that came out of my mouth was, “WOW!” Immediately I remembered one of my friends in Jamaica who was deaf and mute and always won DJ competitions. He himself did not find excuses either. Sean Forbes could have found all sorts of excuses to not pursue his dream because he was deaf. His mantra was that he would not take NO for answer as he kept going. Are you going to stop because someone says no to you? Don’t let someone’s NO stop you! Stay HUNGRY, because excuses will steal your dream.
The next individual I want to share with you is someone you may already know, if you watched the 2012 Olympics. This outstanding athlete is Oscar Pistorius, and he is a South African sprint runner. (Despite his current allegations, he did very well in the Olympics). Oscar’s legs were amputated when he was a child, but that did not stop him. He became the first amputated athlete to compete against able-bodied athletes. So what was his drive? It was his mantra, of which he stated that his mom imprinted in his mind, “The real loser is never the person who crosses the finishing line last. The real loser is the person who sits on the side, the person who does not even try to compete.” Don’t let excuses be your down fall, because we all have something significant inside of us that will be an inspiration to others. I DARE YOU TO NOT MAKE ANY MORE EXCUSES. The better you is depending on it.
If you need a re-firing of your engine you may want to check out this next young man. His life is a perfect example of not making any excuses; although, he will tell you that it wasn’t easy. This young man was born with no limbs, and that is classified as adversity. He even questioned God himself for making him the way he is. It took him some time to focus on his abilities and not his disabilities, but now he is an outstanding evangelist and motivational speaker. His name is Nick Vijucic, better known as Nicholas James. Be reminded that the negative things you focus on may cause you to keep finding excuses. But just like Nick, it is our attitude that decides our altitude. As he dropped the idea of making excuses and focused on what he can do, he didn’t only make his life better but also inspired others to do the same. If you have been making excuses, STOP ONCE AND FOR ALL! When you do, you will see your abilities start to emerge and you could be the next person to be someone else’s inspiration!
His book, Unstoppable: The Incredible Power In Faith and Action is a great read!
“Sometimes you may feel like you are just about to realize your goal only to fall short. That is no reason to quit. Defeat happens only to those who refuse to try again.” ~Nick Vujicic
What would you do if you couldn’t hear? What would you do if you couldn’t see? Would you make excuses? I want to share with you this remarkable woman who could have lived without us knowing her capabilities. This woman chose not to live a life of excuses but to be an inspiration for thousands of people around the world. Her name is Helen Keller, an American author, political activist and lecturer. What is so amazing about her is that despite her being blind and deaf at 19 months after birth, she was able to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The first person with such disability. What are you allowing to hold you back? Not saying that your obstacles aren’t real, but if you have faith and believe you will be able to get over it, go around it, go under it or even burrow through it. Make your last excuse the last excuse.
“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.” ~Helen Keller
Don’t beat on yourself for what you have not yet done. You have NOW to do what you can do. You just have to start doing it.
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